Stewart's Transfer Official

Stewart (55) in Gators' spring game (US PRESSWIRE)

Graham Stewart's transfer from Florida to Connecticut is official. The linebacker from Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., announced he was leaving Florida on May 4. The next day he said he was on his way to UConn with the intention of becoming a Husky.

Stewart was a true freshman for the Gators last season and appeared in all 12 games on special teams.

He has enrolled in summer courses at UConn and will have three years of eligibility with the Huskies.

Stewart has said he transferred for personal reasons and needed to be closer to home. With that in mind, the NCAA could grant him a waiver that would allow Stewart to be eligible for the 2012 season. A UConn spokesman said UConn intends to file a waiver on behalf of Stewart but has not done so yet.

If the waiver is denied, Stewart would sit out one season and be a sophomore in the 2013 season.

Below is the press release issued today by UConn:

STORRS, Conn. (May 31, 2012) -- Graham Stewart, a 6-1, 227-pound linebacker from Durham, Conn., has transferred to the University of Connecticut after spending the 2011-12 academic year at Florida. Stewart will have three years of eligibility at Connecticut and is currently enrolled in summer school courses at UConn.

Stewart saw action in 12 games as a true freshman last year for the Gators with one tackle. He scored a touchdown in the Gator Bowl against Ohio State after returning a blocked punt 14 yards for the score.

Stewart attended Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn. He had 111 tackles with five sacks and an interception in his senior year of 2010. The Xavier defense gave up just 116 points in 13 games in 2010. He helped lead Xavier to the 2010 Connecticut Class LL State Championship with a 13-0 record and the team was first in the final state rankings.

He was named the Hartford Courant's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, was an All-State selection by the New Haven Register and played in the Team USA vs. World All-Star Game following his senior season. He was also an All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection.

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